Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science and engineering is an interdisciplinary field centered on understanding the physical properties of matter and designing materials with specific properties to serve a desired function. Materials scientists study the connections between the synthesis and processing of a material, its underlying structure and its resulting properties. Materials engineers develop materials and manufacturing techniques and integrate these materials into commercial products. 

Program Highlights

  1. Flexibility to engage in one or more of several defined concentration areas, or with guidance of a faculty mentor, create a custom concentration area.
  2. Opportunities to participate in internships with industry partners or research in academic labs.
  3. Integration of laboratory experience with computational simulation.
  4. Preparation for employment as a professional engineer across a range of industries including energy, biomedical, semiconductor, and defense sectors.

The undergraduate major is comprised of 128 credit hours building a strong foundation in chemistry, physics and mathematics to explore the fundamental concepts and techniques critical to the field of materials science and engineering. Students have the flexibility to explore interdisciplinary studies or to focus in greater depth on one or more areas of concentration in the allotted nine hours of technical electives and nine hours of free electives. 

Undergraduate Curriculum Outline

Curriculum ComponentCredit Hours
Engineering 1st year sequence 27
University core curriculum electives 24
Core MSEN courses 59
Designated (MSEN) technical electives 9
Free electives 9
Total Credit Hours128


Concentration Area Option

Some students use this flexibility to select an area of concentration. Together with a faculty mentor, students will create individualized degree plans that may center on one or more of the following areas:

  • Polymers and soft materials
  • Computational materials science
  • Corrosion engineering
  • Materials design, processing and characterization
  • Structural materials

The practicing materials scientist or engineer has a working knowledge of different processing, characterization, and modelling and simulation techniques, which allow them to solve fundamental materials challenges, enabling the development of new devices and technologies. Materials scientists and engineers play crucial roles in nearly all industry sectors including energy, defense, biomedical, semiconductors, transportation, infrastructure, and personal care products.